Lahore Qalandars head coach Aaqib Javed says it is unfortunate that his team did not qualify for the 2021 Pakistan Super League playoffs.
“The hitters have disappointed me, which is very unfortunate,” he said.
Last year, at PSL 5, the Lahore Qalandars qualified for the final. This year, however, despite a strong showing at the start of PSL 6 and later in Dubai, the Qalandars failed to qualify for the playoffs.
Javed said he had a strong team. “You can’t pick better players than that in the draft,” he said.
“We had players from the national team. We choose talented players. We even started the tournament well, but the way it ended is very disappointing. No one thought the Lahore Qalandars would not qualify this time, “he said.
Javed shared that the top five hitters didn’t hit a single 50 in six games. He said the team couldn’t hope to win if the top five players didn’t make runs.
Whenever Sohail Akhter played an inning of more than 40 runs, the Qalandars won in Abu Dhabi, but no player was up to the task after that, he noted.
“We had Fakhar Zaman. Mohammad Hafeez had experience. Zeeshan Ashraf also played. Agha Salman had a chance. Ben Dunk had also scored well. ”
The head coach, the firepower of the bowlers, could have been better used to win games if the best hitters had played well.
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“They are the same batter who scored good runs in the first games. But then our senior and experienced hitting flopped. We are facing disappointment due to our hitters, ”said the disgruntled coach.
For Javed, none of the players had a satisfactory performance despite not having great challenges in the matches. He said batters did not extend strike rate or save grounds and that they continued to get knocked out.
“I know everyone holds me accountable,” he said. “I knew that in the end it would be Aqib Javed’s fault.”
The former cricketer said that he tried to make the strongest team in the draft with Samin Rana and that he couldn’t have made a better team than this.
“We provide facilities. We gave training. We provide the time. Now I have to put all the responsibility on myself. ”
Javed spoke about the many changes made in management and the inclusion of many competent nationals and foreigners.
He also addressed some of the criticism against himself.
Many fans of the Lahore franchise are of the opinion that Javed should be replaced. But Javed said replacing him won’t do any miracles because someone has to run the team.
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Javed commented on Multan Sultan’s player Shahnawaz Dahani and Sohaib Maqsood’s performance after six years.
“He [Shahnawaz Dahani] has the energy. He is enjoying cricket. Even in bad performances, he does not get angry and remains relaxed. That is the secret of his success. He is the bright future. ”
Regarding the selection process for the Pakistan cricket team, Javed said that decisions for the national team should not be made based on the performance of a single PSL tournament.